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people that mostly do their banking on mobile banking in a completely developed world. yet they have some of the very same questions about financial literacy.questions about financl literacy. we did a big program of financial literacy for years. is likepeople think it paint drying. they do not love it. when we became a partner with silicon -- he is the best i doing this. we interviewed our own people, let alone the marketplace. we read it everything and we got very basic. it was in these digestible bites of, before you tell me how to create a nest day, can you hold up a paycheck and tell me why i am only taking home half of what i made? when you get practical, it makes a difference and it makes the company -- the people in your company feel better about you. i have to thank the nonprofits that we have worked with as they
have enlightened us. lot about talked a the power of small and medium-sized businesses, and it has been particularly hard for women to be able to move into the space, but when they do, to ensure that they can grow. give us a quick snapshot of the state of women owned small and medium-sized businesses in israel. >> just to put in a different light the small and medium-sized actually small and medium-size businesses is a measurement of entrepreneurship. so what you see in the emerging markets or the developing usually womenhat -- small businesses open because they want to provide food to their family and kids. in developed countries -- and,
by the way, israel is one of them. it is actually a measurement of entrepreneurship. becausepen businesses they are entrepreneurs. so when you think about the economy, everyone talks about entrepreneurship as a measurement or a way to grow the economy. small and medium-size businesses are the vehicle to make it happen. i looked at the numbers and understand what it means, where we are on this curve, it was a different way to talk to our government about why is it so important. d when we looked at the numbers, we saw actually the amount of women owned businesses is really very small. mentoring.
women all around the world, no matter which country, which type of country it is, we have the same issues. so let's hear. globalization means anything for small and medium-sized businesses for women. issues, obstacles and opportunities are the same and we can really start to share how to really help small and medium-sized is mrs.. so in israel, this is a natural because it does reflect things that are in every country, even very rich countries. they have within their society emerging markets. so they are the ones who are privileged and they are participating in the economy. and there are always those emerging markets. whether it's because religion that makes them at the outskirts of society or because of the color of the skin or a hundred things. so whatever it is that we shared here, it is really relevant to
every country. so in our own country, in my aretry, israel, there jewish and arabs. so the jewish women have more access to capital than the arab women. there are a lot of reasons why, but, most of them do not have records and really banks and they really want to see a few years of really work. the other thing that is common to all of us, women, when they give birth, stay-at-home. we don't really think about the fact that, if we stay-at-home, we don't have records. so when we go to the bank, we have this gap. we didn't work for a while. we cared for our children. the other thing is, in our country, i'm sure in every country as well, but religious women, whether we are ultra orthodox jewish women or
religious muslims women or religious christian women, they have an issue of going out of the house. so small businesses are great opportunities. if we say religion matters. and we say it is part of the society. small businesses, mobile phones, computer really allows family, much more women to participate. in israel, what we discovered -- in israel, that is what we discovered. it doesn't matter if it is the neighborhood that we grew up or the university where we study, we have our friends and family. and if we don't reach out and look at other numbers and try to meet other cultures, which is exactly what happened to me -- i really discovered that there are so many things i don't see
within our society and we are a small writing. so i can imagine in countries that are much larger. small businesses usually represent the whole society because it is about employing one or employing to and it's a great way may be too close or to give an answer to the number one risk that the world economic forum says is a risk, which is the gap between the rich and the poor. so maybe we sit here and we talk ways toe of the great solve one of the things that threatens actually the whole world. >> excellent. think here. i am going to end up here after i ask one more question. maybe you can begin to lineup. said that we you are not going to achieve higher growth and more equitable dissolution of income without
women's per dissipation. and you and he went on to say we need to figure out how we can forward gender issues and mainstream them. a decade inonclude government. yourselfce do you have as you go on but to all of us as we close that gap? >> i think we have to continue showingcacy as well as best practices and good examples of what works and what doesn't work. i believe in numbers. i have been using the numbers that fairly clinton started in 2011 and the final effect, howley 5% i think for the u.s. who are women in board members. 50% at the it is
entry level, it is 5% at the ceo level. the numbers are much smaller for asia. japan is one of the lowest. i think japan is less than 1% at ceo and 2% for where members. indonesia is better. those numbers i do use at every level. participation for women. the number on the boards. on every level. women owned businesses. these are numbers we use. how are important to show much you are missing in terms of the potential of women. it is half of your human capital. we make that argument. the most important, what are the obstacles that caused this? if you start with the women on the board, why is there a funnel effect?
the three constraints are the family balance, family and career balance. anywhere and anytime model. for you to go up in the corporate model is anywhere, anytime. you have to move tomorrow to london. that is how you advance your career. unless the merit or performance system is changed, you cannot advance. the role of technology helps, working from home. but he's have to change in the way they evaluate -- companies have to change in the way they womente performance in and men. that has to come from enlightened, from the men who are still running the boards and in charge. it is not just about us. this is the room of the converted.
the battle is out there, the unconverted, then unconverted -- the non-converted. having more women on the board gives you more profitability. these are numbers we need to push forward. i amnk being, mentoring -- believer in mentoring. giving women combatants. confidence. whatever model, there are different models. achieved here who have some level of success, it is on us to help the younger women. i am a little bit of a role model. i did not intend to be. i was the first woman to come a phdto my country with in economics. i'm married and having to bring
children, despite my mother telling me not to do a phd because i would never get married. i'm afraid i'm going to be overqualified. i say, look at me. this is a cultural thing. i don't know of this is across countries were not read there is a cultural thing in my part of the world where if a girl wants to do well, that is not so good. it is good for a boy, not a girl. these are the debunking of myths we have to do. he.re considered balls -- ballsy. behavior, the men are considered good leaders. these are cultural issues we continue to face, but we should never give up. continue to work on the
unconverted. show by example. get have projects, good examples. technology. i think technology is a great answer. a lot of the informal sector in my country, it is women working from home. making handicrafts and food. selling online. i would encourage all of us to work hard on that as a tool for women. >> we have some of those cultural issues here, too. can you tell us your name? the school you are in and your question? who it is directed to? some buddy pass class must be starting? >> i am a law student. i am from china. thank you for coming to share your perspective.
i really appreciate it. i have two questions. -- myre both addressed first question is, is there any or qualification for the mentorship program? does having a business idea suffice to the program? thatd, we would all agree the women entrepreneur culture is more profound in a country like u.s. and u.k. then helping than developing countries. toit part of your strategy cultivate the culture in developing countries? reach up to the people who do
not have the notion yet? >> i'm going to take a couple more questions. and then the panel can finish by answering whichever one is appropriate. >> my name is nicole. i'm a student in the sfs. my question, first of all, say five women have achieved things many of us could possibly never dream of achieving and probably never well? yet on a scale, for me, a lot of these achievements seem to be directed towards a microscale. you bringn is, how do these achievements to a macro forum? how do you identify the flaws in government and financial systems a macro scale? have you bridge that gap, not only between gender but between development? >> that is a wallop.
another one? >> thank you so much for being here. i am a senior in the school of business. i have been involved in the georgetown entrepreneurship initiative. one of the things i have learned is how important entrepreneurial ecosystems are to accelerating growth and innovation. having resources and entrepreneurs any physical proximity makes it easier for people to pursue those. how do you is, cultivate those self-sustaining ecosystems in developing countries so that innovation and change can be systemic? as opposed to maybe a snowing all fresh thinking we know all the answers -- as opposed to maybe us thinking we know all the answers? in relation to the question
who are mentees are, we aim it to those with an existing business. we found we get more progress with somebody who has a business and wants to take it to the next stage. that is not to say that we don't also have startup businesses. when they started, we had a lot of young women in particular starting businesses. we have found that they need the sort of ecosystem that the third question was talking about. the mentoring was actually much more helpful to women who had already started on their business journey. wento a stage where they quite sure what was next. mentors,re looking for we are looking for people of seven years experience. we don't want the ceo to beatty
-- to be the mentor. their experience is so remote. we are looking for people who are on their journey to becoming ceo but still have practical, hands-on experience. i did want to say something about ecosystems. enterprise development program. we have done a lot and israel, lebanon. we are about to take it to the uae. group and doller coaching, and then take a smaller group and over a year, incubationusiness and support. when we did our first project, 40 women, we managed to create over that year 16 new jobs. i think ecosystems are important. i think you have a point. how do we encourage
entrepreneurship? i'm not sure that the world is not full of entrepreneurs. i think it is, but it is not often acknowledge. what they are doing, the hairdresser, they are entrepreneurs. but nobody has ever told them that is what they do. nobody's ever help them -- help them. that is why the facebook opportunity, which helps women to use facebook to get friends for chilly who that -- virtually has been such a success. i will try to come up with a brief explanation for the macro. there has been a change where
transparency is more at the forefront. it is not that you like everything you see. but you see it all. all, and allows you to reorder things. ofany walk of life, because social media, because the world has become less the two shall, or human, and i don't mean that in a soft way. institutional, more human, and i don't mean that in a soft way. whether you look at the arab spring or what happened with the financial services industry, transparency is more prominent. more people are at the table. there is very little you cannot do. that is a huge difference. and yound thing is -- were saying -- how do you scale these ideas? there is nothing that happens, you do not begin anything on a big scale. it. bet ia
the largest companies, you see how it is going to go. you test and learn. you expand. all the things we're talking about here, whether it is maria or myself, each of us will take some thing away and apply it. that is how businesses go. you don't just arrived on the stage, doing something big. he began in a small way. it, if it works, you develop it more. i would say both of those things. expectt thing, i would all the people to achieve whatever we have achieved and more. that is sort of a given. that is the hope of everybody. the next generation is bigger and better than we are. turn to them for last comments, i'm going to take one
more. they can factor it into their answer. .> my name is anna i'm a senior in the school of business. study in antly of a bloomberg article that nine out of 10 women on wall street were -- said they believed their male counterparts earned more. what reason do you see for this differential between mems and -- men, and what are some solutions you would propose? >> quickly, i think the first thing, if you think that is happening, ask. be bold. secondly, i can't speak for every industry, but because of the way of the world in human
resources, as a woman in a position, looking at what the other people are making, you ask and check. you have human resources verify. you are not wondering. once you know, it will change. >> we are the result of the last hundred years. if you look at the next hundred years, there is more data. everybody talks about it. the world economic forum, it used to be a small room where women -- now it is mainly on the main stage. the gap between women and men. whether it is capital, education, it is measured. there is more data. that means there is more to be done.
you, the young people who study now, have more women. more opportunities than our generation had. everybody talks about it. the numbers are there. even kind of punishment of not doing the right thing is there. on a positive, to the future, i most of those things like measurement, understanding it is the right ethical thing. moral thing. it is about the business case. it is all there. i think things will be better. right -- if wee make the right effort to ask for them, insist on them. the men will join us.
if it feels that we are unique, yes, we are unique. the last hundred years, it was less of an issue. now you are the next generation of presidents, ministers. about these things when they ran for their seats. i think it will be easier. women, in the next 100 years. i think we are way ahead compared to 100 years ago or even 20 years ago. the study in our universities was showing girls were underperforming academically. they did not want to lose out getting a boyfriend. this is empirically shown in our case.
20 years later, they are not academically underperforming. they dore getting -- not worry about that. the battle is still out there. i believe in the economic argument very much. that is the one that is going to win the battle. women are the economic drivers. sense andconomic business sense. right from birth all the way to when they are corporate leaders, we have to make sure -- whether it is a policy regulation that has to be changed, in institution that has to be changed, or a cultural mindset -- from birth, 0-5. access to education, equal access to education. it is about building human capital. all the way to job opportunities
and access to capital. -- these are oral the stops we have to continue to advocate and make the policy changes. it is not just women who will make it. it has to be the men. there is a huge education we have to do. i am sure all of us in the room and the younger generation will be continuing to do this together. thank you. >> perfect last words. the journey continues. before we all thank our panelists, i want to think the council members here. airplane schedules have intervened for some. i want to thank the women and messengers who are here. i just noticed so many of you are here. [applause] it is wonderful to have you. thank one of our guests for coming. she spent more than a decade in now isin myanmar and
running her own ngo. thank you. [applause] and claudia. a former attorney general of guatemala. they have made great progress in terms of justice in that country. [applause] to all of the women leaders here, the inspiration. we wish you well. the council has a lot of work to do. final thanks to our extraordinary panel. [applause] >> on the next "washington wehner," peter
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washington post" will not be fair to me. i hope over the last four years i have done enough back and forth, treated both parties with equal fervor that people have ,ow come to begrudgingly say ok, you are someone we can do business with. i know that the senate majority pack, which is affiliated with harry reid, they stopped answering my questions midway through the campaign season because they felt they were not getting a fair shake from me. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern and pacific on c-span's "q&a." >> health and human services secretary silvio are well set over 6 million that silvio silvio burwell says
over 6 million americans have the affordable health care act. >> good morning. when it comes to the affordable care act, most of you all know i focus on three things -- affordability, access, and quality. today i want to spend a little ofe about the substance access and affordability by updating you all on the open enrollment in the marketplace. through december 15, 3.4 million americans enrolled, and 1.6 million signed up for the first time. last tuesday, we began the process of automatically renewing the vast majority of consumers who chose not to come
back to the marketplace by december 15. i am pleased to announce that we completed re-enrolling all of these individuals by december 18. approximately 2% of the people were unable to automatically reenroll because the either had discontinued plans or otherwise could not go through the reenrollment. it is important to note that as a consumer -- if a consumer who was reenrolled decided they could come back in the coming weeks, they could do that, and they could reenrolled afford to stem -- through february 15. nearly 6.4 million consumers selected a plan or were automatically reenrolled into their current plan, or one with similar benefits. thannd 1.9 million -- more 1.9 million signed up for the first time. we still have a ways to go and a lot of work before february 15,
but we have an encouraging start. each of these numbers tells a story, and i recently met a woman in arizona. for seven years, donna went without insurance because she had a pre-existing condition. she tried to sign up through a state risk pool and could not afford it because the premium was $1100 a month. but when the marketplace opened last year, she found coverage for $155 a month, and that is after tax credits. after renewing her options this year, she chose to stay in her existing plan. i want to share donna's own words. literally, i would be walking outside and think if i fell in trip on a curb i would be in trouble financially. i know now that if i fall and break my leg i will not be bankrupt. that was a constant fear i had before."
joined thet department, a few months ago, many of the questions i received reflected a skepticism about the marketplace and how it would perform. today we do have some more clarity. , andmers are interested issuers have been bested. ago people were raising questions about whether consumers would actually come to the marketplace. after doing things like reading the news, working out their family budgets, and talking to friends, 1.9 million americans have chosen to come to the marketplace and get coverage for the first time. there were also questions about whether insurers would decide the marketplace is a good place to do business. there are now 25% more issuers offering marketplace plans to consumers who can now choose from on average 40 health plans, up from 30 in 2014.
there were also concerns about whether these plans would be a for double, and they are. these plans would be affordable, and they are. growth has been relatively modest. in 10 returning consumers can get covered for $100 per month or less. there were also questions about whilechnology, and today, our work is not done, and we must continue every day to be vigilant, the consumer experience on healthcare.gov is considerably be better -- is considerably better. thanks in large part to our team restoring trust. a ways tostill have go, but we are headed in the right direction. the marketplace is stable, people have chosen to shop, insurers have chosen to invest. there is choice. there is competition.
people are shopping for coverage , and people are signing up. i maintain that a reduction in the uninsured is where we should focus our attention. last week we released the cdc's latest national center for health statistics report. it found that as of this past spring, roughly 10 million americans gained health coverage since last year. fourargest increase in decades. as part of the number, millions of americans have access to medicaid because 27 states plus ..c. have expanded pennsylvania joined the full, and right now the governors of wyoming, tennessee, and utah are all having conversations and have expressed interest in expanding. word about to say a the kitchen table, because i think our progress in terms of what it means to mom's and dad's as they sit down and plan for tomorrow -- thanks to the formal care act, working families have come to care -- to count on the
health and financial security that comes with having quality, affordable health coverage that is there when they need it. get it they are able to because of the marketplace or whether they are able to get better coverage in some form because of the affordable care act. they are working out their family budgets with affordable coverage built in. they are able to look across the table during the holiday season at their 25-year-old son or daughter and know that they still have the security of that child being on the family plan. they have the security of knowing that if they lose their job they will not necessarily news health coverage because of a pre-existing condition. they do not have to worry about losing their home or going bankrupt because they get sick. some are finding they have -- they no longer have choose between saving for a medical emergency and saving for college through all of the benefits are welcome changes for working-class families. thanks to the affordable care act, finding quality, affordable health insurance is one where he they can cross -- is one worry
they can cross off the list. iny can find peace of mind addition to financial security. we are moving in the right direction. working together, we are expanding access. we are delivering affordable choices to consumers. in terms of health care quality, we are moving toward our goals for better care, smarter spending, and healthier people. thatumbers and the stories show that the law is working and families and businesses and taxpayers are better off as a result. that is really what it is all about. with that, happy holidays, and i am happy to take your questions. yes. >> can you tell us how many -- can you tell us, of the year reenrolled, how many came to the exchanges and reenrolled themselves, and how many auto
reenrolled? >> i did not include my -- i did not include the number because we are still in the preliminary phase with that number. preliminarily, we think we are in the mid to high 30% of folks who came back in. a preliminary number, but i want to give you an indication of where we think it is going to end up. we are checking and double checking. that is the percentage that came back. >> what number? >> 30%. if we walk off of -- if we work off of the 15 number, i think it is better to work off of the 19 64.er, which is 64, the remaining portion in the mid to high 30's of that, will be what came in, and the rest were auto enroll.
>> 30% of 4.5 million? >> yes. >> just two quick things. 30% that came back were of the 4.5 million? >> i want to be clear. preliminarily, it is in the mid to high 30's. we have not settled on that number, so i just want to be clear, trying to give folks a directional sense. need to high 30's. -- mid to high 30's. worked out i know there were some issues -- >> i know there were issues of some folks in a waiting room, having an issue getting a call back. can you explain how large that number was and what you learned from that, with the crunch you expect around february 15? >> with any of these surges that we have during the crunch times, the number of people that we would need to hire to not have a period of waiting for a waiting room is something we would not
want to analyze. probably in the tens of thousands. the number is approximately 500,000 people. all of those people have been reached out to hear it in other words, you were given a message -- all of those people have been reached out to. you were given a message. all of those folks will have coverage as of january 1. we have reached out and are in the process of working with those people. some people have already come back in using technology. everyone has been reached out to. the other thing that is important is that they will all have their coverage start january 1. if you got in that queue, you are covered for that period of time. yes? clarification. i think you set of the auto renewals, something like 2% were not able to. can you clarify that?
it is also a little difficult to tell what is going on without baseline data. can you tell us how many of the 6.7 million enrolled as of october 15 were fsm customers versus states? >> can you clarify the second part? let's do the first one first. which is the 2%. around the 2%, that is the number of people who went through but were not auto reenrolled. that number occurred because there was not a matching plan or a plan that was similar enough. a number of those people like those in oregon. those are the category, the kinds of categories in the 2%. which number are you looking for? >> on october 15 you said there were 6.7 million people enrolled nationwide in the informal care act. but so far we only have data on current enrollment for january 1 from the fsm. >> the 6.7 includes the
state-based marketplace. today the conversation is on the federal marketplace, so that is the other piece in terms of the 6.7. until we get the state-based market numbers, you will not be able to build up to those numbers. >> i am asking how much of the m? million was only ff >> we will have to get back on what part of the number it was. jacobson with the pbs news hour. you referred to the three governors talking about expanding medicaid with certain conditions and thresholds. what is your time frame, as you can best tell us, for when you might make a decision, and what of the absolute thresholds? >> with regard to the timetable, it is dependent on each date. each date and interaction, and
the three that we talked about, the timetable is in the hands, and there is a set of processes that right now in terms of the timetable that sits with the states. with regard to the question of medicaid and how we think about it, the thresholds really come to implementation of the statute that we were given with regard to how and the conditions of expansion. we want to be flexible with different states, which are doing things differently in terms of whether it is arkansas or pennsylvania or even the conversations and what the governor of tennessee has expressed. providing flex ability but making sure of the statute with the types of coverage and health benefits that were in the statute is what we are guided by. >> how concerned are you about arkansas and it possibly unraveling there? >> we will continue to have conversations and be in touch and want to work with every state. we want to make sure that every
state that is in stays in. we want to see if we can have the conversations and those states are moving. we areer new states, going to try to open conversations. described,at stage i we will have the conversations to make sure we are doing two things -- predicting and trying to find a way we can have as toy uninsured get access affordable coverage and do it in a way that works with each state's needs. >> thanks for doing this. i am wondering, broader than enrollment, if you look in 2015, you have a republican congress, the supreme court, what are you looking at as the biggest challenges ahead for the aca? think abouto try to it in terms of key goals -- access, affordability, quality
-- and think of the key things being worked on in that space. in terms of access, we touched on medicaid. of medicaidn a path expansion and a successful marketplace, so focused deeply on both of those right now. the second thing -- and i'm speaking to the issues, because you need to is what think about. the second area of focus is delivery system reform and the context of making coverage and care more affordable and of a higher quality, and taking the steps to do that. there is quality and affordability that have delivery system reform. the last element in terms of focus is making sure the access we are creating actually translates to care and wellness. so there are many elements, and it is one of the things that you see, even for people who have employer-based care, many people
do not know or take advantage of some of the prevention efforts that you can do. or people discover it when you take your child in for the wellness visit and you do not have to pay a co-pay. is making surery that access translates. with regard to the others and the defensive part, in terms of the things that will be incoming over the next year, think about it in terms of keeping the eyes on the ball of the offense and keeping focused on the substance. that is the place where one can have the policy conversations and debates to make progress. i keep repeating myself, but it is affordability, access, and quality. if we focus on those issues, that is how i believe we can continue to improve on the results we have now and improve the affordable care act. >> thanks for doing this.
i want to ask you, yesterday the supreme court said it would take up the subsidy challenge. are you thinking about contingency plans, in case it goes against you guys? are you talking with states on this? >> we are in a position where nothing has changed, and open enrollment, it is important to reflect that. believend thing is, we our position is the position that is correct and accurate. when i travel to states, when i is in new york, one is in florida. the idea that congress intended for the people of new york to receive these benefits for affordable care but not necessarily the people of florida, i think we believe we have the right position. with regard to planning and focus, it is back to the four
things we described previously with a special focus on open enrollment and making sure as -- haveks as we can are access to affordable coverage. >> jeff young with "the huffington post." considering the prillaman are estimates you mentioned about 30 takingrcent of customers active steps to reenroll, does that conform to your quotations? was it higher or lower? did you have any notion of how many were automatically enrolled and how many would take some steps? question twohat ways. because we are all experiencing the marketplace for the first time, the question of having an analytical basis and knowing how people will behave is something we are learning as we go through the process. the second thing i will say is, in looking at what happens with people and employer-based plans and other things, i think
probably would not have expected a number that high in terms of people's behavior, in terms of most people just let what happens go. we will get to the end and we will see where it is. one thing that is important, we emphasize very strongly and try to communicate with people in a very strong way about coming in. so most people receive anywhere from three to 10 touches, depending on where you were or what you were doing, what axis we had. so we were deeply -- what access we had. so we were deeply focused on communicating directly with consumers and our broader communications. we wanted to focus on as many people as possible because we believe it is important to shop and compare. to make sure that many people like the plan. the example i gave from arizona, she liked her plan. i met a gentleman in
philadelphia who went in, compared, same thing. the idea that people take the initiative to make sure that, one, they are getting the financial assistance that they need and deserve, and second that they make choices and come in and find the best plan for them that is benefit based inaffordability. -- in affordability. >> i appreciate your statement and your belief that the law is on your side, but given this course, given the inherent unpredictability of a supreme court challenge, it seems even irresponsible not to do some contingency planning or discuss with the states what they could or should do in the event that potentially hundreds of thousands or millions of people could lose access to subsidies if the court rules a certain way. are you not having any
conversations or doing any contingency planning in the event the crew -- in the event the court rules not in your favor? >> we are focused on what is in front of us right now, and that is the open enrollment period. as far as the other issues, we believe we are in a place where our argument and our position will prevail. i am going to stick with where i am. we are focused on open enrollment, and we are focused on the issue that we have a position that we believe is a position that will prevail. >> high. sarah cliff with fox. one issue senate republicans have raised is a concern that if the court rules against the affordable care act, the subsidies are depending on --
the subsidies that people are depending on will be yanked from them. where -- i situation know this is not what you are expecting, but if the supreme court rules against the afordable care act, is there possibility people could lose their subsidies midyear? hypotheticals,to i think anyone can create any kind of hypothetical in life, in policy, in anything. we are focused on where we are ofht now, which is the law the land is that is where we are right now. the subsidies are available. people are shopping. they are coming in and getting affordable care. last year 85% of the people in the system received those subsidies and were able to benefit from those to get the care that they need and make it affordable. that is where we are focused on right now. one can create any kind of hypothetical for about anything, but i think what we are focused
on is where we are right now and the reality that we are working on right now. >> high, secretary. rebecca adams. reading of the law requires in terms of states being designated as state east marketplace? i also -- as state-based marketplace? also, among advocates about the renewal process, people are saying that hundreds of thousands of people may be dropped from medicaid. i am wondering what you are hearing about the renewal process of medicaid. >> the medicaid issue is something where focused on on a state by state basis. we have been working with the wetes throughout the year were focused on two things. one, reduction of the backlog that existed, and each state had backlogs for different reasons, generally speaking.
some different reasons. our focus has been two things. one, to make sure that we are getting rid of the backlog. medicationove the and the systems between. it is a process that we need to focus, and it is something we need to focus on a state-by-state basis, including conversations at all levels of the state to make sure that two things, one, we are communicating clearly and we're listening well in terms of because we want to help the states get through these backlogs. often as you know, these are issues that are state waste in terms of their systems, so they are not our systems. but because we have the opportunity to work with a number of systems, we try to help states with here are best practices across the board. so we made some progress on both of those hats and we are going to continue to focus on it. it is something we want to when i am hear
meeting with stakeholders. that is how we hear what people are experiencing on the ground. what would be required in terms of designating in the state-based marketplace? would there be a way to simplify the process? >> that is a hypothetical. we have a system, states that are state-based, and a federal marketplace. that is the system we are working in. saldivar, withso ap. why doesn't washington have the numbers? aen will you be releasing report for the whole country? >> it is our expectation that next week we will have the monthly report. >> but why don't you have them now? you did not answer that part of
it. >> we continue to work. what you hear is when we get the numbers we continue to work. many states extended their timetable, so part of it is making sure that we get the right numbers from the states, and the numbers that they have. we are working with the state and we plan to have that next week. >> one more question. rachel charis with insight health policy. i believe it was last month, the administrator said the numbers would be coming out, breaking down how many people that were newly eligible for medicaid and had enrolled as a part of the whole number. i was wondering if you had any sort of timeline. >> i will have to go back and in terms of who is newly
eligible. that assuming i will have to understand what she was referring to. as you all know, the medicaid numbers came in. what we focused on was the percentage of increase at a period in time as of october of last year in terms of the based on the expansions. we talk about the expansion of when they do it in a point in time. pennsylvania have between 400 and 500 that -- between 400,000 and 500,000 that would be available on a state-based basis. you had to go at a particular point in time. i will have to say what the director was referring to in that pacific -- in that specific comment. everybody.u, >> thank you, and happy holidays.
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